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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 10, 2012 6:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia and Diana Ross and Disco: Back me Up Here

Hmmm---age old topic that has quite a different read to it here today than in yrs past. Just to recap, I always made the pt, as you did I think here, that 77-78 WAS pivotal, and yes, the DEAD did DISCO (this has been denied by others when brought up here...?!). And, yes, DISCO sucked big time; in the cities, esp (SF? Are you kidding me? Mick--WTF?).

Anyhooo, rant over...but, we at the time thought "the DEAD sell out"...but, I am happier to think "the DEAD have fun with it"...but they defn did it, and I am just glad to see everyone thinks so.

Don't think they were changing so much in 75, 77; but maybe so...?

And finally, yes, we loved country (rock; NRPS, etc) and reggae, but not DISCO.

This message approved from the SF Bay Area scene circa 78-79.

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Poster: sntb Date: Jan 10, 2012 6:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia and Diana Ross and Disco: Back me Up Here

1978-05-11 "Dancin in the Streets" (my favorite by the way):
The Dead prove that disco and psychedelic substances can walk hand in hand (that's the famous "mescaline" show, if legend is to be believed), and I get a contact trip high just listening to it!
If you go for a drive and put that on, I can't be responsible for your actions.

BUT I STILL HAVEN'T FOUND THE DIANA ROSS GUITAR PHRASE that started this thread. Watch the part in the video I posted earlier. It's a distinct melody she sings about 2/3 through. Jerry often played that exact phrase.
He might do it at the TMNS solo sometimes?
I'm starting to think Jerry was doing it first, and it's just another case of him throwing a musical phrase out into the universe for some unsuspecting customer to pick up.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 10, 2012 6:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia and Diana Ross and Disco: Back me Up Here

Yeah, sorry--I am no good to you here (hear)...but, I do recall Kingfish doing reggae (hijack, sorry again); the song about understanding it better, by & by or some such.

Just an example of the "popular influences"; and so to did JGB, right Ring/Arb/AshesRising? Reggae that is...

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jan 11, 2012 8:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia and Diana Ross and Disco: Back me Up Here

Right

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Poster: sntb Date: Jan 10, 2012 6:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia and Diana Ross and Disco: Back me Up Here

What about "Polka Sucks"? I can get with that.
I would have come to that with my Mexicali Blues and Roll Out the Barrell collections.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jan 11, 2012 8:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia and Diana Ross and Disco: Back me Up Here

What? Polka doesn't suck.

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Poster: sntb Date: Jan 11, 2012 8:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia and Diana Ross and Disco: Back me Up Here

I'm almost positive it's one of those stock phrases Jerry would do In the end jam of Music Never Stopped and just coincidental that refrain at the end of Upside Down" is very similar.
Seeing as I don't listen to much post '81 Dead,
And Diana Ross' song came out in '81, I'll go with the "it's just an easy phrase to happen upon within a funky context". (More likely than Diana seeking melodic ideas from Jerry solos.)

Ok, can we all agree that Foreigner sucks?


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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jan 11, 2012 8:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia and Diana Ross and Disco: Back me Up Here

>can we all agree that Foreigner sucks

Did someone dispute it :)

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Poster: rastamon Date: Jan 11, 2012 9:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia and Diana Ross and Disco: Back me Up Here

I BEG your pardon, why you dirty white... white....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUDMy-GplkQ

:)

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jan 11, 2012 8:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia and Diana Ross and Disco: Back me Up Here

>I STILL HAVEN'T FOUND THE DIANA ROSS GUITAR PHRASE that started this thread

Me neither

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Jan 10, 2012 10:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia and Diana Ross and Disco: Back me Up Here

Yep ... we definitely denied it. I remember hearing many times, "no, it's funk when the Dead do it!" or some such.

People tend to forget that of course the band wanted to have hits and wanted to be huge - they all do.

Even my beloved Kinks did the disco thing on Superman - one of their all-time biggest hits.

And on the reggae - yep Kingfish did By and By, and the Midnites did both By and By and Book of Rules.